The distiller of the popular artisanal Cold River Vodka that debuted three years ago has been working on the new gin for about two years. It is made in the company’s copper pot still in Freeport, ME, where its vodkas are created.
Head distiller Chris Dowe bases the gin on a 400-year-old traditional gin recipe that utilizes seven botanicals — the requisite juniper berries plus coriander, lemon and orange peel, cardamom, orris root and angelica root. The base spirit is made from potatoes grown at the family-owned Green Thumb Farms in Fryeburg, ME, just as the signature vodka is made. The finished product is gluten free with no added sugar.
Cold River Gin went on sale in late July in Maine at a suggested retail price of $25.99. Throughout the remainder of the summer, it will be shipped to stores in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Maryland, Georgia, and Washington, DC.
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